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We are Hiring!
The Historical Society has a position open for Head Interpreter at the Tapping Reeve House and Law School. Click here for more information.

Two Programs on Immigration Coming Up
Join us on Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 pm as the musical trio Ask Your Father presents a program of popular Irish-American songs from the 1840s through to the early twentieth century. Click here for more information. On Monday, May 18, we will hold The New America: Discovering and Documenting the Immigrant Experience, a day-long symposium on immigrants and the complexities around creating exhibits on immigrant stories. See the symposium website here.


Lectures Continue in 2015!
Resolve to learn more about history in 2015! The Historical Society continues its monthly lecture series on March 22 with a talk by Karen DePauw from the Connecticut Historical Society. Ms. DePauw will speak on fashion during Connecticut's Colonial Revival.

Upcoming Lectures
April 19: Susan Campbell, Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker
May 17: Lucia McMahon, Mere Equals
May 31: Dione Longley and Buck Zaidel, Heroes for All Time: Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories

Museums Reopen on Saturday, April 18!
The Litchfield History Museum and Tapping Reeve House and Law School will reopen to the public on Saturday, April 18. Stop by and see our new exhibit on woman suffrage Ballots for Both: The Fight for Equal Voting Rights.

Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town
by Rachel Carley

The first history of Litchfield to be published in nearly 100 years is award-winning!! It's honors include the Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards; Historic New England 2012 Annual Book Prize; the 2012 Linley Award from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History; and Best in Category at the 55th Annual New England Book Show. This lively portrait of the town is sumptuously illustrated with rarely seen maps, photographs, and paintings.

Architectural historian, preservation consultant, and local resident Rachel Carley engages readers with an expansive view of the town's rich heritage through its buildings and landscapes in Litchfield Village, Bantam, Northfield, Milton, and South Farms.

For more information and to order the book, call 860-567-4501 or go to the Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town page.